Your toilet is a fixture in your house that you might not think about replacing. After all, it can last a very long time. But if it is continuously giving you trouble, you might be due for a new toilet. Even if the structure seems solid or it works, there are signs to indicate that you need to replace it.
6 Signs You Need a New Toilet
Breakage or cracks
Toilets can break under pressure – say someone tries to stand on it and the bowl cracks. There can also be less obvious signs of damage. Tiny cracks in the bowl can occur over time and can be difficult to spot. If you see water around the bottom of your toilet yet it is operating well (for example, you don’t have any of the typical problems with clogging or running water), that could mean there are cracks in the bowl.
Replacement of multiple parts
Sometimes a simple repair can be done to fix a leak from the tank or replace a part. There are other times when you might need to replace the entire fill valve or ballcock assembly. With this latter problem, it might be more cost-effective to replace the toilet.
When a few repairs will be enough to solve the problem, there is no reason to spend the extra money to buy a new toilet. However, when you are always fixing leaks or continually have clogs you will want to reevaluate your situation. If the cost of repairs is close to the cost of replacement, it’s smarter to invest in a new toilet.
If you feel your toilet wobbles or rocks, this can be a concern. It could be a simple matter of tightening some bolts. But you could also have a more serious problem if there has been a leak that has rotted away the floor. Broken jets, bad seals, rusted bolts, and broken flanges often go overlooked until the floor around your toilet begins to soften. Depending on the problem, it’s a good time to replace the toilet when you remove it to repair the flooring.
As toilets age, they become harder to clean. The surface becomes worn and you get scratches that accumulate dirt or staining. You might have a constant odor coming from the bowl. The best cleaning methods no longer work to address the aging discoloration or odor. If you have come to a point where you are annoyed with its appearance or embarrassed because of it, it’s time to replace the toilet.
More people are realizing the benefit of replacing their toilets to conserve water and save money. Getting a newer model or high-efficiency toilet is a popular choice since home values can increase with “green” upgrades. In 1994, national regulations set water flush rates so modern toilets use less than 1.6 gallons per flush. High-efficiency toilets use even less water. If your toilet has not been replaced since 1994, you can save quite a bit of money by saving water.